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The Sirens of Titan by [Vonnegut, Kurt]
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The Sirens of Titan Reissue , Kindle Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews

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Kurt Vonnegut's second SF novel was published way back in 1959 but remains horribly timeless. For all the book's wild inventiveness, it's one of the most blackly nihilistic comedies ever published in the genre. The tragicomic godgame is presided over by Winston Niles Rumfoord, who has accidentally become a standing wave in space/time and knows the past and the future. Since the future is fixed, he can't change it even though it involves him arranging nasty fates for many people--in particular Malachi Constant, richest man in the world since his father's career of interpreting the Bible as a coded guide to the stockmarket. Despite his struggles, Constant is destined for a grimly comic pilgrimage around the Solar System to Titan, home since 203,117 BC of the visiting alien Salo whose presence has warped the whole of human history. Salo's far-off people manipulated us into building Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China and other vast constructions as reassuring signals to their stranded emissary--who himself is carrying a message of truly cosmic unimportance. Small wonder that Rumfoord tries to cheer up humanity by founding the Church of God the Utterly Indifferent. Vonnegut scatters crazed ideas in all directions, forcing you into painful laughter at the grandiose futility of his cosmos. Another worthy Millennium SF Masterworks classic. --David Langford

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Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer . . . a zany but moral mad scientist. Time
Reading Vonnegut is addictive! Commonweal
His best book . . . He dares not only ask the ultimate question about the meaning of life, but to answer it. Esquire
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-Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer . . . a zany but moral mad scientist.---Time
-Reading Vonnegut is addictive!---Commonweal
-His best book . . . He dares not only ask the ultimate question about the meaning of life, but to answer it.---Esquire


"Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer . . . a zany but moral mad scientist."--Time

"Reading Vonnegut is addictive!"--Commonweal

"His best book . . . He dares not only ask the ultimate question about the meaning of life, but to answer it."--Esquire


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 877 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: The Dial Press; Reissue edition (18 Dec. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012RMVCK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #344,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I discovered Kurt Vonnegut as a schoolboy when I stumbled upon Cats Cradle. That book confirmed my love of science fiction. However, somehow I managed to skip Sirens of Titan until a few weeks ago.

This is an amazing book. The English language is remarkable for its redundancy but I am not sure that there is a redundant sentence or word in Sirens of Titan. Despite this the book is a pleasure to read. It is not a conventional story. The world that Constant, whose story this is, inhabits is not a conventional world but it feels familiar at first. Then Vonnegut drops the reader into the fantasy world of Mars. You could stumble and fall by the wayside at this point but Unk's story soon grips you.

I describe this book as a master class because I found myself reading it in wonder. Where did the ideas come from? How can text flow so smoothly? Why should this seeming nonsense be such a gripping read?

I see themes that I have encountered elsewhere in this book. As noted in the blurb I can see that Douglas Adams could have been inspired by this book. But do I pick up something of of Orwell's 1984 and Gillian's Brazil? I am not sure. What I am certain of is that I wish I had read Sirens of Titan years ago.
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My first ever Kurt Vonnegut book and tbh I'm still not sure what I feel about it. Well written and conceptually interesting but I didn't connect with it as I have with other authors. I'd try again for the story and concepts but doubt that this will make any list of favourites for me.
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This book is described as a picaresque tale of a man's journeys in the solar system seeking the meaning of life. I'm afraid that never made itself apparent to me.

Instead, following an admittedly encouraging beginning, the story deteriorated into a rambling mess involving characters and scenes which invited little interest and remained unintelligible.

Very disappointing from such a highly regarded author as Kurt Vonnegurt.
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If life is about gathering information and constructing your world view, this book certainly nudges you along. God is fabulous and all but I doubt he sweats the small stuff we worry about. Perhaps we should stop worrying too?
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Let down a bit by the last two chapters, not classic Vonnegut but nevertheless worth reading
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Beautifully written. Amazing story.
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Wonderful story.
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Everything went fine and quick
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